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Some of the text in The Australian Ballet timeline is adapted from essays in Luminous. These were written by Valerie Lawson (The Sixties), Jill Sykes (The Seventies), Lee Christofis (The Eighties), Michael Shmith (The Nineties) and Deborah Jones (The New Millennium).
16 November 1962
Melbourne Cup, the first work to be commissioned by The Australian Ballet, premieres in Sydney. Choreographed by Rex Reid, it features a debutante, a jackaroo, and ballerina “horses” in tutus and flowing headdresses with jockey partners.
Also in 1962
Peggy van Praagh returns to Australia to take up the directorship of the new company.